1A small Old World bird related to the weaver birds, typically with brown and grey plumage.
Family Passeridae (or Ploceidae): four genera, in particular Passer, and many species, e.g. the cosmopolitan house sparrow (P. domesticus)‘With a beat of her tiny brown wings, the sparrow was on her way.’
- ‘Smaller birds such as pigeons, thrushes, jackdaws, robins and sparrows would also have been seen on a regular basis.’
- ‘While we don't have tall trees, our neighbors do, and the firs and oaks that surround our property drop acorns and provide homes for jays, woodpeckers, robins and sparrows.’
- ‘Most folks start with a feeder or two and quickly find themselves engrossed with the resident sparrows, finches, and woodpeckers that eagerly accept the offerings.’
- ‘Budgies, finches, sparrows and canaries are only a few of the more than one hundred kinds of birds people keep in their apartments.’
- ‘Game birds, mockingbirds, robins, and sparrows enjoy the juicy, sticky red fruits.’
- ‘The branches serve as a handy perch for the sparrows and mourning doves that frequent my city bird feeder.’
- ‘I saw one bird, a tiny sparrow darting through the gnarled pine limbs.’
- ‘An injured sparrow or a bird dressed for a dining table distresses her as much as war among nations and nuclear experiments do.’
- ‘All wild birds (except pigeons, English sparrows and starlings) are protected by federal and state laws, so it's illegal to trap, kill or poison them.’
- ‘A couple of sparrows who had been peacefully resting on the grey rocks abruptly flew off.’
- ‘He fed sparrows and grosbeaks on a seed tray mounted on a pole to be visible from his windows.’
- ‘There is nothing to see except blackbirds and sparrows; nothing to hear except the noise of butterflies' wings.’
- ‘Growing up, I was fascinated by birds and my mother encouraged this by letting me feed sparrows on the fire-escape outside our window.’
- ‘One sparrow box can house up to 36 baby sparrows in a year.’
- ‘Everything from the modest sparrow to the extravagant scarlet macaw came to perch and settle around her.’
- ‘Crows and sparrows have been known to attack innocent passers-by who happen to stroll near their nests.’
- ‘It was a light gray and it had a large black beak, more like a hawk's than a sparrow's.’
- ‘Some landscapes these days have been reduced to nothing but dandelions and fire ants, knapweed and thistle, where the only remaining wildlife are sparrows, squirrels, and starlings.’
- ‘Stop sparrows and finches from shredding crocus blossoms by placing foil pinwheels - the kind sold for children's Easter baskets - every few feet among the flowers.’
2usually with modifier Any of a number of birds that resemble true sparrows in size or colour.
an American bunting (many genera in the subfamily Emberizinae, family Emberizidae).a waxbill, in particular the Java sparrow.see hedge sparrow
Old English spearwa, of Germanic origin.